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Pocket Mandarin Chinese Langenscheidt Turtleback – Sep 1 2000

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  • Turtleback: 676 pages
  • Publisher: Langenscheidt; 2nd Revised edition edition (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585730572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585730575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 2.6 x 15.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,660,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Since 2000. Hammond, American Map, Langenscheidt Dictionaries, Insight Travel Guides, Delorme – the famous names in the Langenscheidt family. These represent the most authoritative, up-to-date, and extensive travel and reference products available. In January 2003, the renowned Berlitz Publishing became part of the Langenscheidt Group. The Langenscheidt Publishing Group, the premier group of map and travel companies, offers over 4,000 North American and international street maps, road maps, atlases, language-learning, bilingual dictionaries, and travel-related products covering countries, cities, and languages in every continent.

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For a while, I'd been searching for a good Chinese dictionary to accompany my classes, and the ones I had looked at did not strike me as very well organized. Considering the complexity of written Chinese, organization is everything. A secondary (but still very important) requirement for me was that whatever dictionary I ended up with be durable. Langenscheidt's pocket dictionary definitely fits the bill on both counts.
This dictionary has it all: a Chinese-English section ordered by pronunciation, an English-Chinese section featuring numerous usage examples for many words, an excellent radical index, a guide to common differences between mainland Chinese and the Chinese used in Taiwan, and an overview of numbers in Chinese. I'm especially pleased with the plentiful examples throughout the dictionary, which can eliminate much of the mystery of how to use the words/characters in a colloquial fashion.
All the entries are very clear and readable, and despite their size, the script characters are quite legible. If I had to pick something to complain about (and this is a bit of a stretch), it would be the lack of traditional Chinese characters in this dictionary. In my classes, we learn the traditional characters, but it is not a big deal to learn the simplified versions along the way (especially since out of the 100 or so characters covered each semester, only a handful differ between traditional and simplified Chinese).
What more can I say? This dictionary has it all as far as information goes, and the rubbery cover and excellent binding just scream "durability" to me. I have no doubt that this will be a tool I keep by my side for years to come, both in the classroom and in my travels to China itself. HIGHLY recommended.
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I took a quick course in conversational Chinese. Being a bad student, all I really learned was basic phrases and how to read pinyin. Suddenly I was offered a chance to go to Shanghai for two months to stay with a friend of my Chinese teacher. His friend ran a middle school and wanted an American to talk with the students. I agreed, but between the time I agreed and when I arrived in Shanghai, the agreement changed from talking with the students to teaching four hours of classes a day! Having very bad Chinese skills (almost none), this was a little daunting. I somehow managed to get through teaching 13 year-old Chinese students with only a few years of English training, even while I knew almost no Chinese. There is one main reason I was able to do this: Langenscheidt's Pocket Chinese Dictionary. This book saved me every day, and that is no exaggeration.
The book gives single words, but it also gives common phrases in which that word is used. The radical index is pretty good, though like others have said, it leaves some characters out. Most of the ones I couldn't find were (I discovered) local characters used mostly in the Shanghai area. When I was standing around trying to read signs, I often would consult this book. Since I had a conversation class, I didn't know how to read anything when I arrived. Once I was able to learn how to pick out a radical, though, I was usually able to find out what the word was just by using this dictionary. During class, when I had written an English word on the board and wanted to write the Chinese word, all I had to do was look up the English word in here. You not only will find the Chinese pinyin next to it, but also the character(s) for writing it. When I wanted to find something, I could do the same thing.
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I've been studying Chinese in Suzhou (Jiangsu State) for about 4 months now, and of all the dictionaries I've bought this one has the most China-street-grime on it's pages. It is my everyday dictionary, I use it all the time. It's layout is nice and clean, no eye straining here, the character lookup uses a nice big font. I LOVE the tough rubber cover, it's nice and rugged.
Wishlist:
1: A Traditional character lookup.
2: A Stroke order index for characters with obscure radicals (the ABC Dictionary has this). Many of the very most common characters have very weird radicals.
3: Markings for the different types of Chinese parts of speech, as a previous reviewer also noted, the parts of speech in Chinese are a little different. For example: "tiaowu" means "to dance", but is it's "le" form "tiaowule" or "tiaolewu"? Help us out here folks, just mark it as a splittable verb.
4: Update the vocab. When you wanna say "cell phone" you say "shouji", but that's not the word they give, and in fact if you go to lookup "shouji" it's not there. All in all though this book has the most up to date lexicon of any of the dictionaries that I've seen. And like a previous reviewer said, it has all the words that other prudist editors leave out.
5: More usage notes on the grammer type words, less on the nouns, I don't need usage notes for "banana" or whatever, but i would really like it if they told me how to use "chule" (kinda like "unless" but not exactly)
6:Mark which single character entires can be used alone and which must be used in combo with other characters. But for Pete's sake DON'T get rid of the single character entries, they are invaluble for learning Chinese, even if you can't use them on their own. More single character entries would be better.
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